NEARLY 30 AnimaNaturalis activists staged a protest at the Circo Roma in Inca. They were denouncing the suffering of animals used in circuses.
Following the protest, as a group of activists headed to their cars, a circus employee allegedly pursued them and said “if you come to the circus, you will see your own corpses,” Spanish newspaper Mallorca Confidential reported.
There have been several complaints filed against this employee including death threats and more recently a young woman reported him for assaulting her while she handed out leaflets against the use of animals in circuses.
“We do not know what this person is capable of, but we will not stop in our efforts to bring awareness as to the cruelty to animals practised by circuses,” said Guillermo Amengual, Mallorca AnimaNaturalis spokesman.
The protests itself was deemed successful as some people who had come to see the performance decided not to buy tickets after being informed of the ‘cruelty’ that lurks behind the walls of animal circuses.
Circus animals are kept in confined and cramped cages, away from their natural habitat and subjected to all kinds of torture so that they learn tricks, say activists.
There have been cases of animals escaping and in 2008, 18 animals of different species were seized as they lacked the necessary documentation and so were in breach of the CITES Convention.